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The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness in the Fair That Changed America - Part 2, Vexed Summary & Analysis

Erik Larson
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Part 2, Vexed Summary

Daniel Burnham rarely went home to Evanston to visit his wife and five children, but lived on the Exposition site to work on the challenges that face the Exposition.

Problems ensued between the National Exposition Commission and the Exposition Company. Daniel Burnham had problems too. The first was the unstable soil in Jackson Park, which was solved by using John Root's grillage foundation when the ground would allow it, and other types of foundation when necessary in certain areas.

The mayoral election saw Carter Harrison lose and Hemstead Washburne win. Daniel Burnham was glad Carter Harrison lost. He feared the man's influence on the Exposition, which would have included vices the unsavory people of Chicago preferred. Prendergast mourned his loss. He vowed to double his campaigning next time so that Carter Harrison would win.

Thomas Edison gave his ideas regarding the...

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